Accessibility in Canvas

Accessibility in Canvas

Accessibility and Accommodations at Iowa State

Iowa State University is committed to assuring that all educational activities are free from discrimination and harassment based on disability status. Students requesting accommodations for a documented disability are required to work directly with staff in Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to establish eligibility and learn about related processes before accommodations will be identified. After eligibility is established, SAS staff will create and issue a Notification Letter for each course listing approved reasonable accommodations. This document will be made available to the student and instructor either electronically or in hard-copy every semester. Students and instructors are encouraged to review contents of the Notification Letters as early in the semester as possible to identify a specific, timely plan to deliver/receive the indicated accommodations. Reasonable accommodations are not retroactive in nature and are not intended to be an unfair advantage. Additional information or assistance is available online by contacting SAS staff by email at, or by calling 515-294-7220. Student Accessibility Services is a unit in the Dean of Students Office located at 1076 Student Services Building.

View the Accessibility and Privacy Statements for Course Technologies webpage.

Experiencing an Accessibility Barrier?

Consider bringing your concerns to the attention of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Facilities Planning and Management through the ISU Barriers to Access web form. Some concerns can be fixed immediately, while others may require long-term architectural and financial planning. All entries, regardless of their scale and scope, are inputted into a database in order to prioritize the needs for upcoming projects.

In Canvas

Canvas provides a user experience that is easy, simple, and intuitive. Special attention has been paid to making Canvas screen-readable. Below are some essential screen tips:

  • Recommended Screen Reader/Browsers: In general, Canvas recommends using the latest possible versions of browsers, mobile devices and screen readers. The latest recommended Canvas platforms are posted on the Which browsers does Canvas support? page.
  • Mobile and Tablet Apps: Some students with a screen reader may prefer to use the Canvas Mobile app. This app is available for Android and iOS at the following links:
  • High Contrast Setting: Students can view Canvas with a High Contrast setting. To learn how to change your settings, visit the Canvas Changing User Settings page.

Review the webinar video and associated PowerPoint, 10 Tips to Improve Accessibility in Your Canvas Course.

To learn more about accessibility in Canvas, visit the Canvas Accessibility page.